Curriculum 2017-09-21T15:31:20+00:00

The TFA Curriculum

We have 5 periods of 60 minutes every day making 25 periods in the week. There is a form period of 15 minutes at the beginning of each morning and a floating Positive Discipline lesson that takes place during a different period every week where students spend the lesson with their form tutor. Break (25 minutes) is between Periods 2 and 3 and lunch (40 minutes) is between Periods 3 and 4. School starts at 8:30am and finishes at 2:50pm.

On three days each year, Years 7-11 have their own Empowerment Days that are specifically designed to cover aspects of PHSCEE that cannot be delivered through other lessons. These days often involve outside agencies and guest speakers and cover issues such as drugs, bullying and careers. All students will attend at least one assembly each week that is well planned and coordinated to support the delivery of social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of learning, including the promotion of British values.

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

Years 7, 8 and 9 allow students to study a broad range of subjects that, at the end of Key Stage 3, enable them to make informed choices for their GCSEs.  Students are taught in groups that reflect both their ability and their pastoral needs for Art, Drama, Music, ICT/Computer Science, Modern Foreign Languages (German, French or Spanish), History, Geography, and Ethics, Philosophy and Religion.  Mathematics, English, Science, Physical Educational and Technology (Product Design, Food, Technology and Textiles) are taught in banded sets.  There are three bands, each with 3 or 4 form groups depending on the year group.  All students will study a Modern Foreign Language at The Farnley Academy, although the language is dependent on the year group and form.
Students choose their GCSE course options in Year 9.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

Students now begin their GCSE courses. Students will study both English Language and English Literature, along with Mathematics and a Double Award in Science.  Students also pick four options from a combination of GCSE and Level 2 vocational courses.  They will also continue to have one Physical Education lesson per week. Students are placed on a Pathway before they choose their options.

Pathway 1 is a traditional GCSE route where at least one of the options a student selects must be a language, and one must be either History or Geography.

Pathway 2 allows students to select either History or Geography, plus three further GCSE or vocational subjects.

On Pathway 3, students will be directed towards a range of appropriate vocational courses to select their options from.

A selection of the possible subjects which are available for students to select are: Business Studies, Media Studies, Health and Social Care, ICT, Statistics, Performing Arts and Graphics.

What will my child be taught?

All subject areas at The Farnley Academy have Curriculum Maps, which cover five or in certain cases three years. Curriculums have been designed to ensure that all students are fully prepared for the demands of GCSEs and A Levels. Curriculum Leaders started by identifying the key Assessment Objectives contained in the GCSE specifications and mapped backwards to ensure students are introduced to key skills and content during Keys Stage 3. It is also essential in order to promote learning cohesion across Years 7 to 11, thus enabling our young people to make progress over time and systematically develop the knowledge and ability to apply these skills in a range of contexts.

As parents and carers you will be able to see the topics and skills your child is currently working on and also what they will be going onto explore next. If you require any further clarification on how to support your child with these topics please contact Curriculum Leaders by sending an email to or by telephoning the academy on 0113 2630741.

As an academy we are also committed to ensuring that our young people are fully exposed to a variety of social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of learning (SMSC), including Fundamental British Values (FBV). It is for this reason that such opportunities are highlighted within the Curriculum Maps. Please click on the download link to view each subjects Curriculum Plan.

Curriculum Plans

Art and Design
Child Development
Design and Technology
Ethics, Philosophy and Religion
ICT & Computer Science
Media and Film Studies
Modern Foreign Languages
Physical Education
Psychology and Sociology